WBA mild heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol was given 2022 Fighter of the Yr by ESPN for his victories over celebrity Canelo Alvarez and former WBO tremendous middleweight champion Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez.
Bivol (21-0, 11 KOs) ran away with the award along with his one-sided 12 spherical unanimous resolution over Canelo (58-2-2, 39 KOs) and his equally dominant win over Zurdo Ramirez.
Though the judges scored the Canelo-Bivol battle intently at 115–13 x 3, the battle gave the impression to be a a lot wider rating. Many boxing followers had Bivol successful 118-110 and 119-109.
The mixture punching by Bivol proved to be the important thing think about his win over Canelo, as he outworked the celebrity. It wasn’t a case of Bivol imposing his measurement benefit over Alvarez.
He beat Canelo by outboxing and outworking him. Bivol confirmed abilities that Canelo would die for him in that battle and was by no means shut for an prompt.
“Bivol is the slam-dunk alternative. As a 4-1 underdog, Bivol routed the consensus pound-for-pound king, Canelo Alvarez,” mentioned Mike Coppinger of ESPN about WBA mild heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol being named Fighter of the Yr for ESPN.
“Within the win over Alvarez, Bivol usually stood proper in entrance of the Mexican and delivered five- and six-punch combos.
“Bivol punctuated his breakout marketing campaign with an equally lopsided victory over Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez.”
Bivol outboxed the taller, heavier, beforehand unbeaten 6’3″ Zurdo Ramirez (44-1, 30 KOs), beating him by a 12 spherical unanimous resolution final November in Abu Dhabi. The scores have been 117-111, 117-111, and 118-110.
Ramirez was a minimum of aggressive with Bivol at instances, and that it considerably attention-grabbing, nevertheless it was nonetheless very one-sided.
Subsequent 12 months, Bivol may have an opportunity of turning into a two-time Fighter of the Yr if he can defeat IBF, WBC & WBO mild heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev and David Benavidez.
ESPN’s runner-up for Fighter of the Yr for 2022 is undisputed light-weight champion Devin Haney for his two wins over former unified champion George Kambosos Jr.
Haney dominated Kambosos, beating him soundly in each fights. Devin wished to maneuver on and face Vasyl Lomachenko and Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis, however he was caught preventing Kambosos once more as a result of he had a rematch clause of their contract from their first battle.
Clearly, Haney beating Kambosos Jr twice paled compared to Bivol’s wins over Canelo and Zurdo Ramirez.
Fighters that have been additionally within the working for Fighter of the Yr have been Naoya Inoue and Jessie ‘Bam Bam’ Rodriguez.
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